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Membership of the institute

There are two classes of Membership of the Institute being Registered Members and Unregistered Members. These have been updated following the 2017 AGM approval by members as follows:

Registered Members comprise: Life Members; Fellows (FIRMT); Distinguished Branch Members (AIRMT-DBM); Leading Associate Members (LAIRMT); Associate Members (AIRMT) and Retired Members. Only Registered Members are entitled to vote at meetings of the Institute.

Unregistered Members comprise: Honorary Fellows; Honorary Members; Provisional Members; Affiliate Individuals and Affiliate Organisations. Unregistered members have no voting rights.

See the IRMTNZ Membership Categories document for more details.

All Registered and Unregistered Members must comply with the IRMTNZ Rules and the IRMTNZ Code of Ethics.

The Institute has some 1100 members. The names of members, their qualifications and the subjects in which they are registered to teach are set out in the Year Book, which is published annually and can be viewed online. Note: The 2016/17 Year Book has been held back until changes can be made following the new membership categories passed at the 2017 AGM and is not yet available.

Non-retired Registered Members and Provisional Members are listed on the Teacher Search section of the website, which provides an up to date search of teachers by subject, region or last name. Our Affiliate Individuals are listed here, and this page has our Affiliate Organisations.


Applications for Associate and Provisional membership are considered by the Registration Board as they come in throughout the year. To facilitate this process, applicants are requested to keep supporting documentation succinct and avoid sending large quantities of paperwork. Applications are preferred electronically.

Application forms:


An Associate Member is a full, registered member of the IRMTNZ, and this status can be granted by the Registration Board to a person who can show s/he is a musical performer at the level of, for example, ATCL, DipABRSM, AMusNZ or 200-level performance at a University, and in addition is teaching at the level of ATCL (Teaching) or DipABRSM (Teaching) or has completed the IRMT Foundation Course. In some cases lesson observations may be required, and references from IRMT members. Associate Members have full voting rights, pay the appropriate registration fee and annual subscription, and are encouraged also to join their local branch.

A Provisional Member is a person seeking to become a qualified private music teacher who can show s/he is a musical performer at the level of Advanced Certificate (Trinity) or 100-level performance music at a University. No qualification or experience in music teaching is required, but applicants must satisfactorily complete a Police Check. Provisional Members are given a mentor to guide them through a two-year process that will lead to their meeting the requirements of Associate Membership. Provisional Members have no voting rights and pay a modest subscription. They can attend IRMTNZ Continuous Professional Development events at a reduced fee.

The previous "Student Graduate" membership has now been changed to Provisional Membership and existing Student Graduates have had their membership status changed to Provisional Member.

Important Note:Applications for Provisional and Associate Membership will not be considered for review by the Registration Board until they have been fully completed, the application fee paid and supporting documentation provided, and the results of the police check received. It takes at least 8 weeks to obtain a police check and then a further 2 weeks for the Registration Board to review your application, so please plan accordingly. Please be patient and wait for the Registrar to contact you with the Registration Board decision.


Existing Associate members can now apply for a new category of membership, Leading Associate Member. The status of Leading Associate Member is awarded by the Council for a period of three years, but may be renewed for those who have accumulated sufficient points in Continuous Professional Development activities. Leading Associate Members are expected to play a leadership role in the branch and/or national activities of the Institute. The application form details the criteria for this category.

Application Form:


This category of membership is by invitation from the Council of the Institute. The Council may invite individual persons to apply for the status of Affiliate who are not music teachers but who have an interest in supporting the aims and objectives of the Institute. The Council may invite organisations in the music industry or involved with music education which have an interest in supporting the aims and objectives of the Institute to apply for the status of Affiliate Organisation.

Application forms:

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